Chihuahuas 2, Sacramento River Cats 1

Eguy Rosario got the walk-off for El Paso on Saturday. (Photo: Jorge Salgado).

Key Statistics: 3B Eguy Rosario 1-for-3, HR (4), BB, RBI; SS Ray-Patrick Didder 1-for-2, BB, RBI; LF Tirso Ornelas 1-for-4; LHP Aaron Leasher 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, HR; Drew Carlton 1 IP, 2 K; RHP Jake Sanchez 1 IP, K; RHP Nick Hernandez 1 IP; LHP Ray Kerr, (W, 6-0) 1 IP, BB

Prospect Watch: In a rare pitchers’ duel at Southwest University Park, Eguy Rosario sent the home crowd home happy when he crushed the first pitch of the bottom half of the ninth inning to center field for a walk-off home run. After a broken leg that wiped out the first half for him, Rosario has only gotten in 34 games this year after a breakout performance last season that saw him 22 home runs and a .876 OPS. … Aaron Leasher made his fourth straight start and put together a solid outing, allowing just one run over five innings. In six games and 20.1 innings in August, he has a 4.43 ERA, including a pair of five-inning starts where he has allowed one run or less – an enviable accomplishment in the PCL. … Ray Kerr won and has 14 consecutive Triple-A appearances without allowing a run. … Tirso Ornelas‘ single moved his hitting streak to all 11 games he has appeared in since returning from San Antonio.

Graham Pauley hit the game-winning walk-off single on Saturday. (Photo: Joe Alexander)

Missions 6, Amarillo Sod Poodles 5 (10 innings)

Key Statistics: SS Jackson Merrill 2-for-5, 2 RBI; 2B Graham Pauley 2-for-5, 3 RBI, 2B, SB(1); CF Korry Howell 2-for-4, LF-2B Ripken Reyes 0-for-3, BB, SB (27); C Ethan Salas 1-for-4, 2 K; RHP Jairo Iriarte 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; RHP Raul Brito 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; LHP Daniel Camarena 1.2 IP, K; RHP Efrain Contreras (W, 6-7) (BS) 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, K

Ripken Reyes heading home with the winning run. (Photo: Joe Alexander)

Prospect Watch: The Missions broke their two-game losing streak as Graham Pauley singled in the winning run in the tenth inning to cash in an earlier rally from down 4-0. Until the sixth, San Antonio had been held scoreless for 15 innings going back to Thursday. In the sixth, they leveraged two singles and some shoddy Amarillo defense to close the gap to 4-3 before RBI singles by Jackson Merrill and Pauley in the eighth gave the Missions a 5-4 lead. Given his fourth save opportunity of the month, Efrain Contreras allowed the first three batters to reach base and tie the game up before getting a double play and a strikeout to avoid further damage. After San Antonio failed to score with runners on second and third and one out, Contreras returned for the tenth and retired the side in order, setting up Pauley for the game-winning hit. San Antonio has won three out of five in the series, with all three victories coming from behind. … Jairo Iriarte got the start and didn’t make it through two innings, walking three and needing 47 pitches. Iriarte has not thrown more than 2.1 innings in any of his 10 appearances since he arrived in Double-A in early July. … Ripken Reyes, despite being in an 0-for- 22 slump, still reached base to get his 27th stolen base but fell to second in the Texas League in OBP at .421. … Ethan Salas got his second Double-A hit after a game-winning double in his debut. In his first four games in San Antonio, he is hitting .143 after posting a .472 OPS in nine games in Fort Wayne. The Padres initially promoted Salas to Lake Elsinore in May, a few days before his 17th birthday. He slashed .225/.351/.360 through his first 24 games before an absolutely monster July when he hit .366 with 13 extra-base hits in 89 plate appearances to go along with a .416 on-base percentage. After playing one more series for Elsinore in August, the Padres promoted him to Fort Wayne and then to San Antonio. Across the three levels this month, he has a slash line of .145/.192/.188.

Game 1: TinCaps 4, Great Lake Loons 2 (7 innings)

Key Statistics: 2B Nerwilian Cedeño 1-for-3, 2B, BB, SB (5); 3B Devin Ortiz 2-for-3; 1B Griffin Doersching 1-for-3, 2 RBI; LHP Austin Krob (W, 4-3) 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 8 K; RHP Carter Loewen 1.1 IP, H, 1 ER, K

Nerwilian Cedeno is one of the top prospects in Fort Wayne. (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

Game 2: Great Lake Loons 5, TinCaps 0 (7 innings)

Key Statistics: 2B Lucas Dunn 2-for-3; LHP Miguel Cienfuegos (L, 2-5) 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, HR; RHP Adam Smith 2 IP, H, R, BB, 4 K

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps got a solid pitching performance from lefty Austin Krob and RBIs by newcomers Tyler Robertson and Griffin Doersching to win the opener before getting blanked to settle for a double-header split. … Krob, somewhat under the radar this year between the Storm and the TinCaps, has a 2.87 ERA in 91 innings with 98 strikeouts against 37 walks. As his manager with the Storm, Pete Zamora told us, “The sinker is real, the fastball doesn’t get hit, and the slider is good.” The 23-year-old out of Texas Christian University was considered somewhat of a steal in the 12th round of the 2022 draft, with a shoulder injury in his draft year dropping him a few spots. … Carter Loewen came in for the final inning and a third and continues to pitch well. The Vancouver native is having his best month since his Tommy John surgery, with opponents hitting only .185 against him in 15.1 August innings. Three of his seven outings this month have gone at least three innings. … Nerwilian Cedeño had a big opener, collecting a double, walk and a stolen base. The switch-hitting infielder is among the more talented position players on the roster despite middling production after missing significant time with an early-season wrist injury. The 21-year-old from the Dominican Republic has a .675 OPS overall, but has raised it 50 points in the last two weeks. … In the nightcap, the TinCaps only managed to eke out a pair of hits by Lucas Dunn, who was at second base in the field. On the year, Dunn has also seen time at third and both outfield corners. The Louisville alum can catch in an emergency.

Storm 5, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 2

Romeo Sanabria hasn’t skipped a beat since being promoted to the California League. (Robert Escalante)

Key Statistics: CF Homer Bush, Jr. 2-for-4, BB, SB (8); RF Nick Vogt 3-for-4, 2B, BB, RBI; DH Romeo Sanabria 2-for-5, 2 2B, RBI; LF Braedon Karpathios 1-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI; RHP Enmanuel Pinales (W, 3-0) 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; LHP CD Pelham 1 IP H, 2 K; RHP Francis Pena 1 IP, BB; RHP Ruben Galindo (S,3) 1 IP, BB, K

Prospect Watch: Romeo Sanabria got the Storm on the board early with an RBI double to right in the third. Braedon Karpathios extended the lead with a two-run triple in the fourth and came home on Nick Vogt‘s single. Lake Elsinore added a run in the sixth to give them their second win in five games and will seek to even the series on Sunday. … Sanabria, 21, had a massive year in the ACL with 1.060 OPS and 25 extra-base hits in 50 games before being promoted to the Storm. The big lefthanded first baseman has kept things rolling, collecting four doubles and a .409 on-base percentage in his first five games. … Vogt reached base four times and is backing up a July where he posted an OPS of .836 with an .854 mark in August. He was taken in the seventh round of the 2022 draft out of UCSB. … Enmanuel Pinales, 22, had his second straight six-inning start and again turned in a solid performance. The 6-foot-2 Dominican was slightly older than some of his countrymen when he was signed in 2021 but is finding his groove in the California League with a 2.10 ERA after posting a 7.15 line in the ACL earlier this year and a 7.75 last season.

Posted by John Conniff

John grew up in Poway and has written for MadFriars since 2004. He has written articles for Baseball America, FoxSports San Diego, the El Paso Times, San Antonio Express-News, Amarillo Globe-News, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette and Pacific Daily News in addition to appearing on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He can also break down the best places to eat for all five of the affiliates. There is no best place to eat in Peoria, Arizona.

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